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Susan Molina

"God Saved My Life and MOP Was the Tool"

When Susan Molina went from cleaning two condo buildings to managing them, her success also came with a big price tag – her children’s health care.

“I was earning just over the limit for my kids to qualify for SCHIP coverage,” said Molina, a member of Metro Organizations for People (MOP) in Denver, Colorado, referring to the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program.

“For me to talk about not being able to provide health coverage for my children was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”

Despite the difficulty in telling her story publicly, Molina went on to testify numerous times before federal legislators about her situation, and the need to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to people who were in a similar situation. When Congress first started talking about the reauthorization of SCHIP in February 2007, Molina traveled to Washington, D.C. to offer testimony.

“As a parent I have to decide whether to put food on the table or buy health insurance,” testified an impassioned Molina. “I cannot afford to pay the hundreds of dollars each month that it would cost me to buy health insurance for my children.”

For Molina, travelling to the nation’s capital for the first time in her life opened up a new understanding of her own power.

“I remember being so thankful to God for where I was standing in my life. I just stood there and cried,” recalled Molina.